PAGADIAN CITY, April 10 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Zamboanga del Sur provincial government conducted an orientation for local government units (LGUs) on the Swift, Swift and Smart (SPaSS) Travel Management System to monitor the movement of people entering the province.
At the press conference held recently, Atty. Maria Kristina Jihan Bana, the provincial tourism officer announced that SPaSS, an online travel management system will be implemented in the province.
Bana added that the National Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Diseases (NAITF-ED) implemented by resolution 101 series of 2021, will prevent and or minimize the entry of suspected or confirmed patients with emerging infectious diseases in the country.
“It is a one-stop shop communication and coordination system for travelers and LGUs as it can only be used via internet, cellphone or laptop,” Bana announced.
Bana added that after the formation of the Provincial SPaSS team, municipal teams were also immediately formed so that they could operate in their respective municipalities.
The municipal teams were divided into six (6) clusters to undergo training conducted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on April 7, 8 and 12 at the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) in barangay Dao.
“The SPaSS municipal teams comprised of technical men have undergone orientation to educate LGUs on how to use the platform and to help monitor the movement of our people,” Bana announced.
She added that NIATF requires LGUs to implement SPaSS so that the movement of people to control Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) cases in our country is properly coordinated.
Bana said incoming or outgoing travelers in the province will be able to assist the LGU representative if they do not know how to use the platform.
“If travelers are unable to use the platform, they can go to the nearest municipal police station and ask for assistance from the PNP because they also have an internet connection and gadgets,” Bana added.
Meanwhile, Governor Victor Yu announced that SPaSS will be fully implemented in the province as it is mandated by NIATF.
“We will implement SPaSS in the province starting this April 15 as it is the easiest and most effective way to solve the COVID-19 problem in our province,” Yu announced.
Yu fears the rise of COVID-19 cases in Manila will spread to other areas and therefore it is necessary to have a digital instrument that can help monitor the movement of suspected or confirmed patients of the infectious disease.
“This is the first time we will adopt the new normal by using technology so that we can limit the spread of COVID-19. As the father of our province, it is my responsibility to implement it so that the situation of COVID-19 in our area does not worsen,” Yu concluded. (RVC/GCC/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)